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Old 01-12-2009, 11:44 PM   #1
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Default Spray can storage rack

I'm looking to add a spray can storage rack to my service cart / work bench. I found this product on Griot's garage:

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/...ay+can+rack.do



The design of this rack seems to be quite simple, but unfortunately I neither have a sheet metal brake nor a scroll saw. I was wondering if anyone can recommend a simpler DIY design for a can rack that doesn't require any power tools apart from a power drill.
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:08 AM   #2
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Old 01-13-2009, 01:35 PM   #3
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Check out the kitchen spice racks at Wally's
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:43 PM   #4
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Frame it out of 1x4's - perfect size. Lots have been shown here before.
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:09 PM   #5
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I copied it.
If you have a drill, a vise and two pieces of angle iron, you can make it yourself with a sheet of Home Depot metal.

Lay out the bottom, the side (upright), the top with the holes, and rather than a flange that goes flat against the wall, make a short down-standing flange that goes over the side of the tool box (just like the add-on cabinets that hang on the tool box).

Drill the holes with a hole saw.
Mark the bend lines.
Put two pieces of angle iron in the vise, close the vise, and make the bends.

Paint it red, and away you go.

The HD metal was a little thin, so I took a small strip and made little ties going from top piece to bottom piece, and pop-riveted them in, so the bottom of the rack wouldn't sag with the weight of the cans.

I also drilled a hole just slightly undersize for a piece of 1/2-inch hard metal fuel line (next to the can hole on the end), and use it for the little red straws.

If someone can post a pic for me, I'll shoot one tomorrow.

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Old 01-13-2009, 10:01 PM   #6
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Brad,

Your approach sounds exactly like what I had in mind! I'll have to get some angle iron stock, but I do have a bench vise and a drill.
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Old 01-13-2009, 10:08 PM   #7
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Are you kidding me?!? $20.oo for a thin piece of metal bent a couple of times with 6 holes drilled in it?
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:51 PM   #8
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This came to me just now. Use an aluminum house gutter. You cut the gutter the length you need. Then cut the bottom making a "L" with a retractable knife. You will need 2 pieces to make 1. This will make a "U" shape. You now have to male end caps. Make them out of wood or pop rivet extra gutter material.

House gutter is cheap, this is easy to do, and it's pre painted white or brown.
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:36 AM   #9
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I went to Home Depot, closet storage dept., and bought 2 of the vinyl shoe racks that hang on the wall. 9 bucks, works awesome, and looks cool too. The clear vinyl lets you see the labels, and fits the spray cans perfectly. If you dont need space for 24 cans, simply snip it down with scissors.

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Old 01-22-2009, 06:58 AM   #10
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I'm looking to add a spray can storage rack to my service cart / work bench. I found this product on Griot's garage:

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/...ay+can+rack.do



The design of this rack seems to be quite simple, but unfortunately I neither have a sheet metal brake nor a scroll saw. I was wondering if anyone can recommend a simpler DIY design for a can rack that doesn't require any power tools apart from a power drill.
Go to WallyWorld and they have basically the same thing in the automotive section. I can't remember the brand name, but they are either black or dark gray, and along with that, they also sell other garage storage items along with panels of metal pegboard. At our Wally it was in the same aisle as the Rustoleum garage floor epoxy.
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Old 01-22-2009, 10:12 AM   #11
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FWIW....

I buy several cans of name-brand spray paint (Krylon, Dupli-Color, etc.) when it becomes available for 99 cents-per-can at my nearby liquidation/salvage store.

It used to be that if the cans stayed around too long before use, the nozzles would clog - no matter how much I shook the cans.

I figured out that the solids and sediment went to the bottom of the can surrounding the tube, came up the tube, and clogged the nozzle.

I now store all my rattle can paints on their sides so the solids gather on the side - not at the tip of the tube.

I have also copied an idea I saw somewhere and built a rattle can shaker out of an old $5.00 saber saw I found at a garage sale.
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Old 01-22-2009, 11:31 AM   #12
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FWIW....

I buy several cans of name-brand spray paint (Krylon, Dupli-Color, etc.) when it becomes available for 99 cents-per-can at my nearby liquidation/salvage store.

It used to be that if the cans stayed around too long before use, the nozzles would clog - no matter how much I shook the cans.

I figured out that the solids and sediment went to the bottom of the can surrounding the tube, came up the tube, and clogged the nozzle.

I now store all my rattle can paints on their sides so the solids gather on the side - not at the tip of the tube.

I have also copied an idea I saw somewhere and built a rattle can shaker out of an old $5.00 saber saw I found at a garage sale.
Great tip on storing spray cans on their sides.

I'll have to toy around with the saber saw idea. Got a pic?

Another trick I learned on one of the Dodge boards, is to set the can in a bucket of hot (not boiling, of course ) tap water prior to use for about 10 minutes. The paint flows much better.
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Old 01-22-2009, 03:44 PM   #13
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Durham makes something like this too.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:34 PM   #14
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http://www.amazon.com/Racor-Spray-Ra.../dp/B000AXXCVQ

Would cost me more than that in time to build it.
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I bought these aluminum ones

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I like those. I need to find one that mounts on the side of a Lista SC.
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FWIW....

I buy several cans of name-brand spray paint (Krylon, Dupli-Color, etc.) when it becomes available for 99 cents-per-can at my nearby liquidation/salvage store.

It used to be that if the cans stayed around too long before use, the nozzles would clog - no matter how much I shook the cans.

I figured out that the solids and sediment went to the bottom of the can surrounding the tube, came up the tube, and clogged the nozzle.

I now store all my rattle can paints on their sides so the solids gather on the side - not at the tip of the tube.
Taking that a step further: get yourself a plastic milk crate, set it on its side on a shelf, and stack the spray cans in it. One of my favorite garage tips.
The sediment settles along the entire length of the can so it's quicker and easier to mix. It's also very, very much easier to find the color you're looking for, as it's usually on the top of the can.

I only keep WD40, brake clean, Eastwood's PRE cleaner, spray lithium, etc. in my can rack.

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Old 01-23-2009, 09:55 AM   #18
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I made one out of a half sheet of 3/4" plywood and screwed it to the wall. Had 4 shelves or so.

Copied someone elses design on here.
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Old 01-23-2009, 10:08 AM   #19
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my rack used to be the inside of an old refrigerator door i had screwed to the wall.

this time around i will adopt the "store on their side" method.
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i like the milk crate idea for the paints
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